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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Two decades ago, he was "Deep in the Shed," and though he's cut his way up and out, Marcus Roberts has come back to lead his iconic suite: a chronicle of the blues in all its form and feel. He's is joined by drummer Jason Marsalis, bassist Roland Guerin and others. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 2:00pm

Singer-Songwriter Aimee Allen is a true renaissance woman. She began singing professionally while attending Yale, later lived and performed in Paris before earning law degrees from Columbia and the Sorbonne. We'll hear selection from her latest release "Winters and Mays" and maybe a live tune or two.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 10:00pm

New and transformative trends – social, political and economic - are occurring online via the web and social media. Examples range from the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt to the rise of the Tea Party in America. As a result, business leaders need to adapt to this brave, complex and often confusing new world.

Our guest, Fardeen Chowdhurry, is founder, owner and operator of Cool Hat Web Design, whose three main focuses are small businesses, non-profits and local artists.
 

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 9:00pm

Patricia Neal was one of the most revered and well-respected actresses of stage, film and television. Appearing in such classic films as The Fountainhead, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Day the Earth Stood Still, A Face in the Crowd and Hud. She also had as rewarding and productive career in theatre and the early decades of television. The great romance of her life was Gary Cooper, who was married to another woman and she had a complicated and tempestuous marriage to noted children’s book author Roald Dahl. Her personal life was anything but calm and she had to overcome a number of personal tragedies to keep her self acting. Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back actor and writer STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER to talk about his intimate and magnificent biography of this great actress: PATRICIA NEAL: AN UNQUIET LIFE.

We hear the term “age defying” used often nowadays. There are also declarations that at age 65, your best years are ahead of you and even that age 90 now is the “new 60”. Our guest tonight, writer SUSAN JACOBY, believes that certainly for a very few people an active productive life well into the nineties is possible. BUT for the majority of us what is now called old old age typically means dealing with costly and debilitating health issues and often for women, poverty. Society is selling us a myth of old age that does not exist yet and may never exist and this is affecting how we think critically about issues like end of life care; in home care of the elderly and Social Security. Tune in tonight for a controversial and frank discussion about the realities of ageing in America. Susan Jacoby’s controversial new book is titled NEVER SAY DIE: THE MYTH AND MARKETING OF THE NEW OLD AGE.
 

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 4:30pm

MICHELLE CRUZ is a singer/songwriter who blends jazz, folk and rock in her music.

Named “Sultry” by the Jeff Buckley International Newsletter, Michelle (a 3 time Motif Music Awards nominee) has opened for Judy Collins, appeared at WXPN’s World Cafe Live and was asked to pay tribute to the late folk legend Odetta at a 2010 MLK Jr. Day Celebration. Michelle recently landed in the Top 15 for the Lilith Fair Local Talent Search. She has been featured in print media including Sodade (Cape Verde) and Blurt magazines, and made several appearances on Fox's morning show, "The Rhode Show". A career highlight proved to be her recent August 3, 2011 performance for "George Wein and Friends". "It was such an honor to be part of an event with the creator of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals. A dream come true."

Michelle was asked to sing her Portuguese composition, “Deixa", for the President and First Lady of the Azores during their recent visit to the US which was documented by international TV station RTP.

Michelle was recently signed to the Nevaeh Recordings Label (NYC) and was named "Best Jazz Female" at the 2011 New England Urban Music Award, received the "Album of the Year" award for the Motif Magazine's Music Awards and was nominated for "Jazz Act of the Year". Cruz's songs from her newly released album, "The Recovery", have been receiving radio attention most recently from programs like "WGBH Boston's "Jazz with Eric in the Evening", "Venus Sings Radio" and other stations such as Boston's Touch 106.1FM and MVY Radio.

The band:
Michelle Cruz-vocals
Aaron Cote-drums/percussion
Matt Passeroni-upright bass
Nick Sanfilippo-piano

Upcoming shows:
Aug 18- Sidebar-Providence, RI
Aug 21-Concert on the Green- Jamestown, RI
September 30th-Falmouth Jazz Festival- Falmouth, MA
October 27-RENAISSANCE at Church- Boston, MA

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

Tamir makes fast friends with Marco Panascia on bass and Lewis Nash on drums on the bandstand and on Hendelman's CD Destinations

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tune in as host Nick Noble plays four hours of female folksingers: Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Melanie, Odetta, the Harmony Sisters, Angel Band, Sylvia Fricker Tyson, Ann Mayo Muir, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams, AND MANY MORE!

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow", and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became famous for singing "Easy Living", "Good Morning Heartache", and "Strange Fruit", a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 6:00pm

Fifty years ago clarinetist/saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre formed his influential yet under-appreciated trio with bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Paul Bley. The group split after a gig in which they made 35 cents each. The music of Bley's then-wife, Carla, was central to the group. On this Piano Jazz, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow join McPartland for trio renditions of Carla Bley originals "Ida Lupino and "Ad Infinitum.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:00pm

For most of the Twentieth Century, there have been artists and works of art that have confronted us with cruelty, either in their subject matter, attitude or methodology. Artists like Francis Bacon (shown here); Antonin Artaud; Santiago Sierra; Otto Muel; Chris Burden; Sylvia Plath; Kara Walker and Jenny Holzer. Some of these works are violent and repugnant, but time and again artists and writers have asked us to look at or read these works. Works that seem to cross a line of our basic sense of humanity and decency. But will contemplation of these cruel works also make us cruel? What are we to make of these works? Do we need them? What about artwork that appears to exploit their subject or audience? These very difficult and complex questions are the subject for tonight’s interview with writer, teacher and critic MAGGIE NELSON who will be discussing her new book THE ART OF CRUELTY: A RECKONING. Nota bene: some of the works discussed in tonight’s show are  violent or graphic

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Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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